According to the Maine Statistical Analysis Center, the population of prisons in the state has increased by 20 percent since 2000. As of 2011, there were 2106 prison inmates under the control of the Maine Department of Corrections and its seven adult institutions, despite the crime rate being 16 percent lower than the national crime rate in the US.
Successful correctional officers have a thorough understanding of the psychology and motivation of prisoners, rehabilitation of prisoners, problems in institutional life and the rules and regulations of correctional institutions in the state. Correctional officer jobs in Maine may be located at any of the following adult facilities throughout the state:
- Maine State Prison, Warren
- Maine Correctional Center: Women’s Center, Windham
- Maine Correctional Center, Windham,
- Downeast Correctional Facility, Machiasport
- Charleston Correctional Facility, Charleston
- Bolduc Correctional Facility, Warren
- Southern Maine Reentry Center, Alfred
Fulfill the Prerequisites to Become a Correctional Officer in Maine
Before applying to become a correctional officer in Maine, certain prerequisites must be fulfilled:
- All candidates must graduate with a high school diploma or equivalent.
- All candidates must have a valid Maine driver’s license (or have the ability to obtain a driver’s license in Maine).
- Applicants must receive authorization from their physician stating that they can take the Physical Aptitude Test required of all correctional officers in Maine.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have a legal right to work in the U.S.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- No experience is necessary in order to become a correctional officer in Maine. However, applicants who have volunteer experience should list that on the application.
The Application Process to Become a Correctional Officer in Maine
When correctional officer jobs are available in Maine, they will be posted at the Maine Department of Corrections Careers Website. A printable application follows each job posting. This application must be completed in its entirety (including any supplemental information that is requested) and submitted to the person/department specified in the posting.
After submitting the application, a thorough background check will be performed on qualified individuals. This check will include motor vehicle records, state and federal criminal history records, and Department of Corrections records. Criminal or juvenile convictions may disqualify candidates from becoming corrections officers in Maine.
Candidates may be contacted for an interview and to schedule the Physical Aptitude Test, for which medical authorization has already been received from each candidate’s physician. The test is usually held at the facility in which the correctional officer job is available. It will consist of a .4 mile run in four minutes or less, and dragging a 150 pound dummy 34 yards. Applicants who pass this test may be hired conditionally as corrections officers in Maine. Hiring is conditional upon passing the training/certification program required by the Maine Department of Corrections.
Training For Correctional Officers in Maine
All new corrections officers in Maine must attend six weeks (240 hours) of classroom training, in addition to on-the-job training, prior to beginning work. Classroom training is held at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The Basic Corrections curriculum includes classes in:
- Introduction to corrections
- Security in corrections
- Safety and emergencies in corrections
- Legal issues in corrections
- Supervision and human relations in corrections
- Special management inmates
After completing the required training, correctional officers in Maine are considered to be certified.
Each year, corrections officers in Maine must complete 40 hours of training to maintain certification.